Moving forward.

The not-so secret life of a manic depressant.

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Moving forward with your life when you’ve got mental illness can often be tricky. People assume that to move on you need to have it all figured out already, that you have to know exactly what you’re going to do. But I disagree with this.
Moving forward isn’t just major steps of improvement, it’s all those little steps too. It can be going from being bedridden to getting up and going for a walk. It can be planning to go out with a friend. It can be deciding to get a part time job.
Moving forward can be whatever you want it to be, as long as you keep going. It’s not huge goals being accomplished; it’s the little wins you have in your life mixed with a sense of satisfaction and motivation.
If you feel as though you can accomplish large goals, go ahead, do it! If you can…

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A helpful way of using the mind

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In the morning when you wake up, reflect on the day ahead and aspire to use it to keep a wide-open heart and mind. At the end of the day, before going to sleep, think over what you’ve done. If you fulfilled your aspiration, even once, rejoice in that. If you went against your aspiration, rejoice that you are able to see what you did and are no longer living in ignorance. This way you will be inspired to go forward with increasing clarity, confidence, and compassion.

 Pema Chödrön

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Mindfulness an effective way to heal trauma: study

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

From PsyBlog:

michprettyAdults who were neglected or abused as children generally experience poorer physical health in later years.

A new study, though, finds that those who accept their moment-to-moment thoughts and feelings and live in the present, report superior levels of physical health as adults.

The conclusions come from the first ever study to look at the connection between mindfulness, childhood adversity and health….

…those with the highest levels of mindfulness were considerably more healthy, being 50% less likely to have multiple stress-related health conditions.

Even amongst those with the highest levels of childhood adversity, those that accepted their thoughts and feelings and paid attention to what was happening in the moment had the least stress-related conditions. (read more)

This has certainly been my experience as meditation and mindfulness both are foundational in my healing practices. Body based practices are critically important for me as well and often…

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A Buddhist Perspective on Suffering

Dr Edo Shonin & William Van Gordon

A Buddhist Perspective on Suffering

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In western culture, suffering is generally defined as the experience of either somatic or psychological pain. Therefore, in the absence of such pain and whilst experiencing favourable socio-environmental conditions, individuals are generally not categorised as ‘suffering’ or ‘ill’ according to western medical conventions (e.g., as defined by the World Health Organization). However, within Buddhism, the term ‘suffering’ takes on a much more encompassing meaning. Irrespective of whether a sentient being is currently experiencing psychological or somatic pain, and irrespective of whether a sentient being considers itself to be suffering, Buddhism asserts that the very fact an unenlightened being exists means it suffers.

As we discussed in our recent post on Having Fun with the Four Noble Truths, the Buddha declared that ‘suffering exists’. In addition to representing the Buddha’s experiential understanding of the truth, these words were intended to represent a statement of fact…

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In the moment of mindfulness, there is no suffering, by Ajahn Sumedho

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Buddhist print. #endangeredarchives @bl_eapIn the moment of mindfulness, there is no suffering. I can’t find any suffering in mindfulness; it’s impossible; there’s absolutely none. But when there’s heedlessness, there is a lot of suffering in my mind. If I give in to grasping things, to wanting things, to following emotions or doubts and worries and being caught up in things like that—then there is suffering. It all begins from my grasping. But when there is mindfulness and right understanding, then I can’t find any suffering at all in this moment, now. This is about this moment here and now. It’s not about whether suffering exists as a kind of metaphysic or abstraction or theory of suffering. We’re not talking about suffering as a theory or an idea, but as an actual experience, here and now. There might be physical pain, but if we’re mindful, we reflect on this as: There is pain…

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